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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Planet Formation - QMUL24249

Department: School of Physics & Astronomy
Salary: £33,324 - £40,194 per annum (pro-rata), or Grade 5 in the range of £42,433 - £44,807 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL24249
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 22-Mar-2021
Closing date: 14-May-2021

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About the Role

We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the STFC funded project “Planet Formation and Migration in Inviscid Protoplanetary Discs”, which is led by Prof. Richard Nelson and Dr. Sijme-Jan Paardekooper. The research will use hydrodynamical and/or magnetohydrodynamical simulations of protoplanetary discs with embedded planets to address a variety of open questions in the theory of planet formation.

About You

The successful applicant will possess a PhD in Astrophysics (awarded or close to completion) or a closely related discipline and will preferably have experience of working on research projects that are closely related to those outlined above. Research experience in performing hydrodynamical simulations is essential to the role.

About the School

The School of Physics and Astronomy has an exceptionally strong research presence across the spectrum of areas within Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Condensed Matter and Materials Science. Research in the Astronomy Unit is focused on Planetary Systems, Cosmology, and Space Plasma Physics. The School has large and popular undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The School comprises around 50 academic staff, 42 research staff and 21 professional services staff. The School is home to 83 PhD students and approximately 400 undergraduate students. Recently, approximately £12M was invested in refurbishment of the School building to provide state-of-the-art research, teaching and study facilities for staff and students.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is a full time (35 hours per week), fixed term appointment for 30 months, with an expected start date of 1st June 2021 (or shortly thereafter). The starting salary will be Grade 4 in the range of £33,324 - £40,194 per annum (pro-rata), or Grade 5 in the range of £42,433 - £44,807 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to (Richard Nelson) at   

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 14 May 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.  


Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School of Physics and Astronomy actively works towards an environment where all parties can achieve their full potential irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation or disability. In this context, the School currently holds Juno Champion status, the highest level of award in this Institute of Physics initiative (awarded June 2015, renewed July 2019) having previously attained Practitioner status in February 2012. We also hold Athena Swan Silver status from Advance HE (awarded September 2015, renewed May 2020).We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN principles we strongly encourage applications from women.


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